Monday, April 11, 2016 6:26 pm
The Super Falcons have promised to do Nigeria proud on Tuesday when they take on Senegal’s Terenga Lionesses in the return leg of the qualifier for the 2016 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON).
Speaking in an interview on Monday in Abuja, Remi Sulola, the Media Officer of the team, urged Nigerian have confidence in them.
“We were in training yesterday evening and the coaches worked with all the departments (- defence, midfield, and attack).
“And I believe defence-wise we are good because in Dakar the defence was a tight one and the goal our opponent scored was a normal one.
“But our defence was okay and midfield too; we were good going forward too, but after the girls saw that one of them was injured, they started playing cautiously.
“They realised that because the referee was not cautioning the Senegalese players for their rough tackles, they needed to be careful so that they can play tomorrow’s game.
“The team is not under pressure to perform, but the girls have promise Nigerians that they will do us proud playing at home and they will give Nigerians the victory they deserve.
She alleged that the Falcons’ 1- 1 draw with Senegal in Dakar on Friday was the outcome of poor officiating, but expressed optimism over the team’s readiness to win the game in Nigeria.
“The girls are prepared; they are looking forward to tomorrow’s match and they believe that it is going to be a different ball game from what happened in Dakar on Friday.
“They believe in officiating with fairness; I am speaking this way because I am a Nigeria or the media person of the Falcons, but the officiating (in Senegal) happened to have been one of the worst I have seen in this profession so far.
“No single card was issued; one of our players was injured and the referee did not show any sign that she was in control of the game.
“There were clear tackles that the referee should have cautioned the Senegalese player for, but she did not do that.
“It was a shame in Dakar. So we believe that it is going to be a different one tomorrow.’’